November 2013 | Issue 7
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Happy Arts and Health Month! November has been a month filled with much creative energy for the Network.

We started off the month partnering with PainBC for National Pain Awareness week and designed three posters, based on current research, that help raise awareness about the role the arts can play in pain management.
We also participated on a panel on arts for social change at the Canadian Dance Assembly’s national conference in Vancouver  and had the honour to attend the second annual I Love Dance Awards to present the ILD Award for Contributions to Health. The three finalists Happily Ever Active, Building Your Optimal Health and  BluePrintForLife are wonderful examples of dance used to promote health in communities. Congratulations to all!
This month we also launched Arts Health Network Canada's Pinterest page, which we hope will serve as a “Visual Dispensary“ of  your arts and health initiatives. To get started, if you are already on Pinterest, we invite you to follow us. If you are not on Pinterest and would like us to showcase your work, please email us your images.
In the spirit of creativity and wellness,
Nicki Kahnamoui
Executive Director, Arts Health Network Canada BC
Acting Executive Director, Arts Health Network Canada

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Arts and Health Champions

John Graham-Pole

John is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Oncology and Palliative Care, University of Florida. As well as a practitioner, teacher, and researcher. John is a prolific writer and has written/edited six books, and over 250 peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, and poems in refereed journals. He was the co-founder of Arts in Medicine (AIM) and the Center for Arts Medicine at the University of Florida, and has been a board member for several national organizations, including the American Holistic Medical Association, Society for Arts in Healthcare (now Global Alliance for Arts & Health) and the National Association for Poetry Therapy. He is also a member of the Arts Health Network Canada, National Advisory Committee. 



Far Out on a Limb: Why Shouldn’t Prosthetics be Works of Art?

With a background in art and special-effects makeup, Sophie de Oliveira Barata worked for eight years for a prosthetics manufacturer before deciding to become a creator of bespoke limbs. “It meant I could use my creative skills and do something massively rewarding,” she said. Ranging from the innocuous to the exquisite, Alternative Limb Project is a form

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Lauren Pizzi-AWD (Artist with Diabetes)

"In late 2010, I began thinking about how I could allow my 15 years living with type-one diabetes to speak in a non-abstract, relatable, and original way. This was my first attempt to paint anything from a pure, conceptual approach. After photographing dozens of pictures of my daily companions, (low blood sugar treatments: skittles and smarties as well as my insulin bottle/syringes, which I use to fight high glucose levels) I realized that this still life literally was my life.

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December 3, 2013
Mixed Ability Dance Workshop/Performance
Vancouver, BC

December 4, 2013
Artswell 1st Open House/ Art Drop-in
Ottawa, ON

January 22-25, 2013
The 26th Annual CAPACOA Conference
Toronto, ON

Check Out Our Website for a Full Listing of Upcoming Events>>

Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity & Arts (Journal)

Journal of Aging, Humanities and the Arts

Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal

Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy (Journal)

More Resources>>


Contribute to the Arts Health Network Canada "Visual Dispensary" on Pinterest!

December 15, 2013
Call for Proposals: Creating Space IV, Exploring Paradigms of Scholarship and Practice

Check Out Our Website for a Full Listing of Upcoming Opportunities>>
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